First chapel in Oklahoma dedicated to Blessed Stanley Rother

OKARCHE – Surrounded by residents and staff members of the Center of Family Love, Archbishop Coakley celebrated the dedication of Oklahoma’s first chapel to be named in honor of Blessed Stanley Rother.

Blessed Stanley, a native of Okarche, was beatified on Sept. 23 in Oklahoma City.


New “Domestic Church” ministry offers married couples support

By Eliana Tedrow
The Sooner Catholic

In our own time, in a world often alien and even hostile to faith, believing families are of primary importance as centers of living, radian faith. For this reason, the Second Vatican Council, using an ancient expression, calls the family the Ecclesia domestica (CCC 1656).

After the vows have been said and the honeymoon is over, many couples find themselves asking the same question, “What next?” Life can become hectic and stressful, especially with the addition of children. Before Catholic couples receive the Sacrament of Matrimony, they are offered “Pre-Cana.”


Celebrate the Mass honoring the value of every human life

Sanctity of Life Mass acknowledging the anniversary of Roe v. Wade

The Sanctity of Life Mass, a Mass honoring life from conception to natural death, will be celebrated by Archbishop Coakley at 6 p.m. Jan. 17, at The Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Oklahoma City.

“The sanctity of human life lies at the very heart of the Christian message,” said Father Brian Buettner, pastor of Blessed Sacrament in Lawton. “Therefore, in order to follow the path God has for each one of us, we must recognize the inherent truth of this principle and incorporate it into the way we encounter God and our neighbor.”


USCCB president mourns death of the Mormons' president

By Catholic News Service

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, mourned the death of Thomas S. Monson, president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Monson, 90, died Jan. 2.

"During his tenure as president, understanding and friendship developed between our two communities on national and local levels," Cardinal DiNardo said in a statement issued Jan. 3.


19 spiritual resolution ideas for the New Year

By Mary Rezac
Catholic News Agency

So, you’ve vowed to up your intake of kale and have signed up for yoga to kick off the New Year. But, has your spiritual life been part of your New Year’s resolutions? Here are a few ideas of small, practical steps you can take to get spiritually stronger in 2018.


For New Year, pope urges help for refugees, respect for life

By Cindy Wooden
Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis began the New Year praying the world would demonstrate a marked increase in solidarity and welcome for migrants and refugees.
"Let's not extinguish the hope in their hearts; let's not suffocate their hopes for peace," the pope said Jan. 1 before reciting the Angelus with a crowd gathered in Saint Peter's Square.


Contagious Faith: Of cavemen and Christmas

By Carole Brown
Director of Evangelization and Missionary Discipleship

One of the funny little ways the Lord works in my life is that I will occasionally find an unfamiliar word circling through my head.

Sometimes, it’s his way of pointing out a sin in my life; sometimes it’s his way of warning me about a situation; sometimes it’s his way of encouraging me to develop a new attitude or outlook. I go look up the unfamiliar word in the dictionary, and lo – there is divine guidance.


Our lifetime journey of knowing and loving God

When there’s so much, what’s the bottom-line?

By Pedro A. Moreno, O.P.
Secretariat of Evangelization and Catechesis

Happy New Year 2018! This year, my column with be visiting selected topics from our vast array of catholic truths.

With a limited number of issues available throughout the year, I will make a selection of some key topics from our Catechism. The topics have been divided equally and evenly to cover the four pillars of the Catechism.


Bridges over troubled borders

Tim Muldoon
Director of mission education for Catholic Extension

Recently, I visited Saint Mark Parish in El Paso. I had the opportunity to talk with volunteers who staff the parish’s RICO ministry, which serves unaccompanied minors under the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

RICO is an acronym for Refugio Infantil Comunidad (Community Child Shelter), but it also is named after the pastor’s nephew Rico, who was killed in Mexico.


A book for the New Year

By J.E. Helm
The Sooner Catholic

Here is a book to take into the New Year, to read each day and to take to heart. This is “Pope Francis and the Joy of Family Life: Daily Reflections.”

Kevin Cotter is the editor, and for each day of the year, he has selected a short text drawn from the Holy Father’s homilies, addresses and encyclicals, and some are noted as “Domus Sanctae Marthae.” These are the meditations of Pope Francis during the daily Mass he celebrates in the chapel of Saint Martha’s House, his residence since 2013.